“‘Hey guys,’ I said. ‘Don’t be idiots. This is Evan. Evan, the angry-looking one is Jerom, the constipated-looking one is Nathan, and the goofball on the right is Gage.’
Gage laughed. ‘Constipated, Nathan? We said to look fierce’”(West 144).
Goodreads synopsis: For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.
To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars 😋
Spoiler-free review: Ahh, another Kasie West book! I made it my mission to read all her novels, and I will not rest until it’s accomplished! I have six more to go! Whoop whoop! 🙌🙌 Okay, I really enjoyed reading this book! Charlie was such an interesting protagonist to read about, and I really loved her personality! However, something I noticed is that the synopsis didn’t mention that Charlie’s mother died when she was just four years old, which played A BIG part in Charlie’s life and the plot of the book!
Also, though I thought that the novel was super cute, I wish the “fence chats” were a larger part of the story. Maybe more of them? I just feel like Braden and Charlie’s relationship needed a longer time to develop! Just like Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi—they knew each other much longer than we knew them, so their relationship didn’t feel as real. However, one thing that I really liked about this book is how Charlie took the time to understand her feelings, and eventually figured it out! I just loved everything everything about her, and like I said in my previous post—Kasie West comes up with AMAZING protagonists! I fall in love with every single one of them! I really liked this book, but Charlie and I aren’t very alike, so it was hard to connect with her. I did enjoy trying though! 😄 She is definitely a tomboy, which I found to be really interesting since I haven’t read a lot of books like this one!
Overall, I liked this novel a lot, but it just wasn’t my favorite since I didn’t have much in common with Charlie! I would definitely recommend this book if you love sports, love Kasie West, and LOVE cute, YA contemporary novels!
Thank you so much for reading! I had so much fun writing my past two reviews, but I feel like I’m saying the same thing over again! My original plan was to make this into a series, “Reviews on Books by Kasie West”, but I don’t think so anymore. 😕 I’m not sure, maybe I will change my mind! 😄 But what I DO know is that after I finish reading all of Kasie West’s books, I will definitely write a post where I rank them or talk about my top-five favorites! I feel like that’s going to be super fun! Anywho, I hope you have a wonderful day and stay safe! —Rishika ❤️
Citation for picture: West, Kasie. “On the Fence .” Goodreads , 2014, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18298225-on-the-fence.